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Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement

Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement
Author: Michael R. Leming - George E. Dickinson
ISBN 13: 9780495810186
ISBN 10: 495810185
Edition: 7
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2010-09-02
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 592
List Price: $287.95

This sixth edition updates the 2002 fifth edition and includes updated statistics and discussion of terrorism and of the tsunami of 2004. Leming (sociology, St. Olaf College) and Dickinson (sociology, College of Charleston) multidisciplinary textbook is for undergraduates and students in professional programs. Coverage encompasses the study of death and dying, the American experience, growing up with death, cultural perspectives including life after death, the dying process, and living with a terminal illness. Further detailed are the American health care system, biomedical issues and euthanasia, suicide, rituals in different cultures, funerals and services, legal aspects, loss, and grieving. Annotation © 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


This update of the 1998 edition reflects the coming "out of the closet" of discussions of these topics since the original 1985 edition. Sociologists Leming (St. Olaf College, MN) and Dickinson (College of Charleston, SC) have added chapters on living with dying, dying in the American healthcare system, the business of dying, legal aspects of death, and grieving throughout the life cycle. Other chapters on standard topics have been updated. Includes boxed inserts on practical matters, voices of those experiencing these states, other words of wisdom, and death across cultures; discussion questions; glossaries; suggested readings; and cartoons. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)